UFC Rankings Update: Anderson Silva Returns To Middleweight Rankings

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After heading to Newark, New Jersey this past weekend (January 30, 2016) for UFC on FOX 18, the UFC has updated its official rankings.

While no major changes were seen, there were a few key moves to take note of.

Heavyweight veteran “Big” Ben Rothwell rose up two spots into the heavyweight top five after his impressive second round submission victory over Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett.

Becoming the first man to force Barnett to tap, Rothwell should be in line for a huge fight in the cloudy 265 pound division.

Legendary former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva also returned to the 185 pound rankings after serving out a one year suspension due to a positive drug test. The Brazilian now sits at No. 10 ahead of his February 27th bout with Michael Bisping live on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the full rankings below courtesy of UFC.com:

POUND-FOR-POUND

1 Jon Jones

2 Demetrious Johnson

3 Conor McGregor

4 Robbie Lawler

5 Fabricio Werdum

6 Rafael dos Anjos

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7 Luke Rockhold

8 Dominick Cruz +1

9 Jose Aldo -1

10 Daniel Cormier

11 Chris Weidman

12 TJ Dillashaw

13 Holly Holm

14 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

15 Ronda Rousey *NR

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Demetrious Johnson

1 Joseph Benavidez

2 John Dodson

3 Henry Cejudo

4 Ian McCall

5 Jussier Formiga

6 Kyoji Horiguchi

7 John Moraga

8 Zach Makovsky

9 Wilson Reis +3

10 Dustin Ortiz -1

11 Ali Bagautinov -1

12 Ray Borg -1

13 Louis Smolka

14 Chris Cariaso

15 Sergio Pettis

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Dominick Cruz

1 TJ Dillashaw

2 Renan Barao

3 Urijah Faber

4 Raphael Assuncao

5 Aljamain Sterling

6 Michael McDonald

7 Thomas Almeida

8 Bryan Caraway -1

9 Takeya Mizugaki

10 Johnny Eduardo

11 John Lineker +1

12 Frankie Saenz -1

13 Eddie Wineland

14 Jimmie Rivera *NR

15 Francisco Rivera

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: Conor McGregor

1 Jose Aldo

2 Frankie Edgar

3 Chad Mendes

4 Max Holloway

5 Ricardo Lamas

6 Cub Swanson

7 Charles Oliveira

8 Dennis Bermudez

9 Jeremy Stephens

10 Hacran Dias

11 Darren Elkins

12 Tatsuya Kawajiri

13 Brian Ortega

14 Clay Guida

15 Nik Lentz

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LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Rafael dos Anjos

1 Eddie Alvarez

2 Khabib Nurmagomedov

3 Anthony Pettis

4 Donald Cerrone

5 Tony Ferguson

6 Nate Diaz

7 Michael Johnson

8 Beneil Dariush

9 Edson Barboza

10 Al Iaquinta

11 Bobby Green

12 Dustin Poirier

13 Michael Chiesa

14 Evan Dunham

15 Benson Henderson

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: Robbie Lawler

1 Rory MacDonald

2 Johny Hendricks

3 Tyron Woodley

4 Carlos Condit

5 Demian Maia

6 Matt Brown

7 Dong Hyun Kim

8 Stephen Thompson

8 Neil Magny

10 Tarec Saffiedine +1

11 Rick Story -1

12 Kelvin Gastelum

13 Benson Henderson

14 Thiago Alves

15 Gunnar Nelson -1

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: Luke Rockhold

1 Chris Weidman

2 Jacare Souza +1

3 Vitor Belfort +1

4 Lyoto Machida +1

5 Tim Kennedy +1

6 Michael Bisping +1

7 Robert Whittaker +1

8 Gegard Mousasi +1

9 Thales Leites +1

10 Anderson Silva *NR

11 Uriah Hall

12 Derek Brunson

13 Rafael Natal *NR

14 Dan Henderson -1

15 Roan Carneiro -1

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Daniel Cormier

1 Jon Jones

2 Anthony Johnson

3 Alexander Gustafsson

4 Glover Teixeira +1

5 Ryan Bader -1

6 Ovince Saint Preux

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7 Rashad Evans

8 Mauricio Rua

9 Jimi Manuwa

10 Patrick Cummins

11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

12 Corey Anderson

13 Rafael Feijao

14 Gian Villante

15 Ilir Latifi

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Fabricio Werdum

1 Cain Velasquez

2 Stipe Miocic

3 Alistair Overeem

4 Andrei Arlovski

5 Ben Rothwell +2

6 Junior Dos Santos -1

7 Travis Browne -1

8 Mark Hunt +1

9 Josh Barnett -1

10 Frank Mir

11 Roy Nelson

12 Jared Rosholt

13 Antonio Silva

14 Matt Mitrione

15 Alexey Oliynyk

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk

1 Claudia Gadelha

2 Carla Esparza

3 Rose Namajunas

4 Tecia Torres

5 Jessica Penne

6 Valerie Letourneau

7 Paige VanZant

8 Joanne Calderwood

9 Maryna Moroz

10 Michelle Waterson

11 Randa Markos

12 Karolina Kowalkiewicz

13 Jessica Aguilar

14 Juliana Lima

15 Felice Herrig

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Holly Holm

1 Ronda Rousey

2 Miesha Tate

3 Cat Zingano

4 Amanda Nunes

5 Julianna Pena

6 Sara McMann

7 Jessica Eye

8 Bethe Correia

9 Liz Carmouche

10 Sarah Kaufman

11 Valentina Shevchenko

12 Marion Reneau

13 Raquel Pennington

14 Germaine de Randamie

15 Jessica Andrade